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Seventeen Musings

As we get older, we often overlook our personal growth. Whilst it’s easy to see it in others, it is only upon close introspection that one can notice it in oneself. We often grow up to be very different from how we visualized our future selves when we were younger.

That’s not a good thing or a bad thing. Its just how life is. Maybe you thought you were going to be a doctor, and now, once you’ve been through the education system, you’ve realized that just isn’t for you. Maybe you just wanted to be a princess. (Hey, we can’t all be Meghan Markle, but a girl can dream).

Either way, another trip around the sun means another year of memories, dreams, goals, achievements, failures (in whatever light you choose to view that word), and ultimately, growth. Here are 17 things I’ve learned up until now.

  1. As cliche as it sounds, being comfortable in your own skin and accepting yourself, no matter what stage of life you’re going through, is one of the (if not the) biggest contributing factors to your happiness.
  2. Trust your gut. That thing knows what’s up.
  3. You don’t have to be best friends with every single person you’ll ever meet. And that’s okay. 
  4. Things are not always going to go the way you planned. That is also okay. And a totally normal part of life.
  5. With time, you’ll learn who your true friends are. It’ll be hard, but also worth it.
  6. Don’t underestimate your own strength and the ability of time to heal.
  7.  Sometimes, when you think you’re really going to miss someone, you realize that life goes on and if they’re meant to be in your life, they will be.
  8. If it’s meant for you, it’ll come for you. (Really been living by this this year. It can be hard. But its the truth!)
  9. Just because someone is older than you doesn’t mean they’re right.
  10. It’s okay to have close friends with different opinions. Every debate and discussion doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t really) end with the other person having completely changed their opinion.
  11. If you’re unhappy about something, speak up. Sometimes (but not all the time) that’s all that’s needed to make some change.
  12. Not everyone is going to like you. That’s okay. You weren’t made to be loved by everyone.
  13. Social media is not, I repeat NOT, real life.
  14. The more comfortable you become with yourself, the less power other people’s opinions will have over you.
  15. Happiness doesn’t just come naturally to everyone. And its virtually impossible to explain to someone who’s never experienced it. Be kind. Be patient. Be supportive.
  16. Sometimes, being kind is more important than being right, contrary to what your ego might tell you.
  17. It’s okay to say no to things that just aren’t your thing. It doesn’t make you less cool/teenager-ish/attractive/whatever other rubbish people like to tell us. Just do you. Be yourself. It’s the best thing you can be.

I want to leave you with these wise words that really resonate with me and the kind of life I’m working to build.

“i have what i have and i am happy. i’ve lost what i’ve lost and i am still happy.” – outlook / Rupi Kaur 

Nabeela x

Creatively Using Prints

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Today’s post is one I’ve been excited about for weeks! I will be showing you all the different uses there are for prints! The ones in my pictures are some beautiful ones from Printspiring. There are so many things you can do with prints and I honestly had no idea that they’re so easy to re-size and use. (Cut me some slack, it was my first time buying prints).

Here are a few snaps of all the different ways I used mine:

Greeting cards

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Even although you can buy greeting cards in the online store, I used my print, re-sized it so that it was about A6 size and printed it. They make great cards for anyone creative and even for people who are not.The quotes are super inspiring too!

Mood Board Inspiration

I love collecting interesting little bits and pieces for my mood board such as quotes off Pinterest, photographs, clothing tags and my own handscripted work. This print was the perfect addition to all of that and the vibrant colours look great!

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Foward Planning Inspiration

You can print them out small and use them in planners and calendars like I did, below.They are great just to inspire you and add some colour to you planner.

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Wall Print

And of course, their original purpose, they look so beautiful framed. You can put a frame virtually anywhere, so where you choose to put yours is entirely up to you! I left mine hanging on the wall of my bedroom and I love seeing it there. It brings a fresh burst of inspiration, art and colour into my space.

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DIY Bamboo Quote Frame

I have two fun DIYs for you.I think that sometimes, the smaller prints can get ‘drowned’ by the rest of the items surrounding it, so here’s a quick idea for when you want to get something on its own.

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You will need: scissors, A6 prints, mini pegs, bamboo chopsticks and string.
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Step 1: Start by tying the chopsticks together using string. Make sure they are secure.
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Your frame should look something like this
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Step 2: Tie another piece of string tautly across the frame.                           Step 3: Peg the print of your choice onto the string.
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Lastly, find a place for your frame. I put mine on my desk. As you can see, my mood board is pretty full!

Fabric Wall Hanging

This next DIY is so simple but it looks beautiful!

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You will need: print printed onto canvas, chopsticks, glue, mini pegs, string/twine
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Step 1: Apply glue to about one cm of the print and wrap it around the chopstick
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Step 2: Leave it to dry. Next tie string the the ends of the chopstick that is on the top of the print
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Voila! Isn’t it pretty?

You can use fabric tape or cold glue too, depending on how thick your material is. My canvas material was quite thick, so I had to use craft glue instead of tape. The texture is so great on the canvas material too!

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I hope you have come to see how versatile prints are! I highly reccomend Printspiring prints. They are so colourful, fun and inspirational and are of high quality.

I had a lot of fun using them and they’re hand painted too which makes them even more pretty.

Enjoy the holidays, everyone!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{All opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Dee from Printspiring for being so generous. Also a big thank you to Jenny Traviss for so kindly assisting me with the printing}

You can find these prints at www.printspiring.com

 

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